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Dec 18, 2012 4:00am EST
connecticut shooter adam lanza. his relationship with his estranged father and his mother's pesky alimony check. >>> more and more gun advocates changing their mind. >>> all that, plus comfort guards in newtown. obama and boehner wheel and deal. >> announcer: this is "early today" for tuesday, december 18th, 2012. >>> good morning, this morning, we're learning more about adam lanza, the troubled 20-year-old who took the lives of 27 people last week including new details with his re parents. adam's parents separated in 2001 and later separated in 2009. they said peter lanza cut off visiting adam around 2010. that was around the time that peter lanza began dating his new wife. peter lanza paid his ex-wife nancy just under $200,000 in alimony in 2012. friends say nancy lanza had not been working in recent years. adam lanza had, quote, no connections to the school where the massacre occurred. >>> students are returning to school this morning for the first time since the shooting massacre. meanwhile, more families will hold funerals. nbc's danielle leigh joins us. >> reporter: good morning. ov
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Dec 18, 2012 4:00pm EST
procession of funerals in newtown, connecticut. today the families of jessica rekos and james mattioli laid to rest. some still grieving and others still on edge, students returned to school today for the first time since last week's massacre. heartache and hard good-byes for residents of the small connecticut community. >> they are trying to work through the difficulty of burying more than would dozen innocent victims. nbc's jay gray joins us now live from newtown with the latest today. jay? >> reporter: you are absolutely right. another rough day here as you have described today. first graders from sandy hook elementary gathering to bury two more of their classmates while students at other schools here went back to class for the first time since the tragedy. the pain of saying good-bye has become a part of every day now in newtown. this grieving community buried two more first graders today. jessica rekos loved horses and asked santa for cow girl boots and a hat for christmas. a first born, she liked to plan and organize so much her family called her their ceo. james mattioli, nicknamed j
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Dec 22, 2012 6:00pm EST
columbia heights. it's in response to the deadly shootings in newtown, connecticut and the nra's proposal to put armed police officers in every school in america. darcy spencer is joining us live near 14th street where a march is getting under way tonight. darcy? >> jim, i was able to speak to one of the organizers of this event this afternoon. he tells me when he was just two years old he witnessed his own mother being shot and killed. he says, in fact, the gunman turned the gun on him but fortunately it locked up and his life was spared. ever since then, he is an advocate for gun control. that's what this rally is about here this afternoon. the video we're going to show you was taken a few minutes ago as they were getting ready for this rally here in columbia heights. this is all about gun control. they're calling on congress, calling on the president to enact an assault weapons ban. they're calling for them again to take immediate action on this issue in light of the shootings in newtown, connecticut. we're going to hear from the gentleman i spoke about who lost his mother to
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Dec 18, 2012 5:00pm EST
kids here? that's the latest from newtown, connecticut. i'm jay gray, news4. >>> george mason university today a vigil to remember the victims of that connecticut shooting. ♪ >> dozens of students and staff took time to grieve the tragedy. a flower representing each of the victims as their names were called. >> given the amaze acts of heroism around us, both seen and unseen, that allowed us to live, that have given us life in this moment, what will we do now with this opportunity? >> mourners participated in a procession alto the george mason statue where they held a moment of silence. >>> the national rifle association just a short time ago put out a statement on the shooting in connecticut as that tragedy renews cries for more gun control. the nra says, quote, it is made up of 4 million moms and dads, sons and daughters and we were shocked, saddened and heartbroken by the news of the horrific and senseless murders in newtown. the nra went on to say it would wait for a full investigation before commenting. meantime, in our area -- >> a new proposal to ban the sale of assaul
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Dec 30, 2012 5:30am EST
were killed in that connecticut school tragedy. but, first, a warning on something you could encounter in any parking lot. it sounds like a good offer. a repairman offering to work on your car. it could leave you with a costly mess. tischa thompson and the news 4 warning before you pull into that next lot. >> sloppy paint jobs, dents made even deeper. even a bumper with a new hole. car repair plugs not at your local body shop, but your local grocery store parking lot. >> i think my first instinct was this is really creepy. >> it could have happened to patty smith. she called a news for iteam after two guys approached her at a fairfax shopping center. >> i had actually already pulled out when this person blocked me with his vehicle, making hand signals for me to roll my window down. i thought there was something wrong. >> he wanted to fix a small dent onner escalade, suv. >> i basically told him no, get out of my way. i'm not interested. >> she says the guy followed her out of the lot, even snapping the cell phone pic of her car. weeks later, it happened again. this time at a vienna sho
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Dec 17, 2012 7:00pm EST
today in newtown, connecticut, a town that laid two 6-year-old boys to rest today after the president's visit there last night. while we learn more today about these victims and sadly more information about the gunman, his possible plans and schemes and this awful thing he carried out. and so to start off our reporting on a monday night after such a sad weekend in this country, we go back to the town that remains the saddest spot in our country, nbc's anne thompson is in newtown for us tonight. anne, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. i'm actually in the center of the borough of sandy hook. near the christmas tree where a big memorial has sprung up in the wake of these shootings. every day brings new details about what happened inside that school. and today we learn that not one, but two people were injured in the attack. welcome news about survivors on a day when the funerals began. old enough to know, too young to understand. the heartbreaking sight of children mourning other children began in newtown today. 6-year-old jack pinto, a loving, vivacious boy, an a
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Dec 17, 2012 11:00pm EST
tears and tributes in newtown, connecticut, after the deadly school shooting. police say it could be months before their investigation is complete. >>> two of the youngest victims laid to rest today. as police continue to search for a motive. investigators are planning to interview two of the survivors, in an effort to gain some insight about the gunman. they're also searching his home. collecting evidence about the days leading up to his rampage. jay gray has our report. >> to love one another. >> reporter: tonight again they gathered because they say there is a strength and security that comes from being together. thousand are drawn to newtown, they carry signs, stuffed animals, flowers and a burning desire to somehow try and ease the overwhelming pain here. >> we felt kind of helpless at home. felt look we needed to do something to help out in somehow being here it is helping us to help other people. >> reporter: especially now as they begin the heartwrenching task of saying good-bye. 6-year-olds, noah pozner and jack pinto were laid to rest. >> sad. >> comfort this community will
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Dec 18, 2012 5:00am EST
newtown, connecticut, community will attempt to return to a sense of normalcy today. classes resume at all newtown schools except for sandy hook elementary. the students return as that community says goodbye to more victims of friday's shooting at sandy hook. danielle lee is live in newtown, connecticut, with the latest. danielle, good morning. >> reporter: aaron, good morning. you may be able to make out a christmas tree over my shoulder. that's marking a memorial that's become the focal point of this little town. students may drive past it today as they head to class and return to routines for the first time since the shooting. it will be a reminder that some things will never be the same. yesterday we saw the first two funerals for the victims. there will be more today. there will be a viewing for the teacher vicky soto who died shielding her students. it's been incredible to see the mementos that people have been bringing to the memorials in tribute to these victims. police say the investigation continues. they have confirmed that the shooter went to shooting ranges with his mother
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Dec 17, 2012 4:00pm EST
, the families, the people of connecticut, that need to know and see a clear picture to exactly what happened here. >> reporter: police say sandy hook elementary will remain a locked-down crime scene for months. today crews pulled furniture from the unaffected classroom moving it to a school in a neighboring town, though it's still not clear when it might be used. >> they'll be excused, of course, until further notice and they're developing plans on how best to handle that. >> reporter: investigators are still gathering what they call significant evidence. they will not discuss specifically what have been seized, but there are reports that the home computer may not reveal much. apparently it was smashed before the killing spree. >> it's going to take some time to do that. >> reporter: and it will take some time to interview the more than 100 witnesses, including at some point the children who survived the attack. >> a very, very tender tender issue. i can tell you any interviews with any children will be done with professionals, with parents, and with investigators. >> reporter: one
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Dec 30, 2012 6:30pm EST
. reinvented around you. ♪ >>> we have an update tonight on the school shooting in newtown, connecticut. the hartford currant reports the state police there are consider a partial recreation of the scene when they arrived at sandy hook elementary school on the day of the shootings. the question they are trying to answer, did adam lanza fire at officers arriving at the school? bullets found in the parking lot and in several cars have led some investigators to that conclusion. as that community continues to mourn, president obama said in his "meet the press" interview that something fundamental in america has to change. >> the question then becomes, you know, whether we are actually shook up enough by what happened here that it does not just become another one of these routine episodes where it get a lot of attention for a couple of weeks and then it drifts away. it certainly won't feel like that to me. this is something that -- that was the worst day of my presidency and it's not something that i want to see repeated. >> it hit close to home? >> yes. >> as we have seen, the tragedy of knuteso
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Dec 18, 2012 7:00pm EST
little children at an elementary school in newtown, connecticut. along with mental health, the gun control debate has come roar into the american conversation. and in addition to their statement tonight, the nras promising to say more in a news conference at the end of the week. it's all where we begin tonight with nbc's tom costello in washington. tom, good evening. >> reporter: hi, brian. the white house today said president obama supports senator feinstein's proposed bill that would ban assault weapons and high capacity ammo clips. tonight gun control advocates think they have the momentum, but nra is now weighing in. four days after the newtown massacre, the nra today broke its silence in a statement saying it's made up of 4 million moms and dads, sons and daughters who are shocked, saddened and heart broken by the murders in newtown. it says it's prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again. talk of new gun regulations has got gun store cash registers ringing in alabama. >> people who feel insecure about their surroundings and about the
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Dec 28, 2012 4:00am EST
who shoot and killed 26 people at newtown, connecticut. they hope to find an abnormality that could predict an inclination towards violence. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton will return to work next week after a stomach flu and concussion sidelined her three weeks. she will report on security failures and the september 11th attack in benghazi, libya, that killed four americans. >>> some good news on law enforcement, deaths of police fell 23%. with just four days left until the end of the year, 127 state and local offices as compared to 165 last year. next, to the criminal world of dinosaur smugglers. a fossil dealer from florida admitted to sneaking stolen dinosaur bones to the u.s. the bones included a 70-year-old tyrannosaurus that sold at auction for more than $1 million. >>> and finally, from the cute file, we've been tracking the progress of this 5-year-old panda cub from the san diego zoo. he tips the scales at 14 pounds and zookeepers say he's growing normally. he's got a big plastic ring and chewing on bamboo. glad to see he's doing well. >>> over to wall street for a
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Dec 29, 2012 6:00am EST
following the connecticut school shooting. why families of the young survivors want to go to court. >>> and we are tracking the winter storm that's headed our way this morning. crews are out treating the roads right now. we have everything you need to know as snow and rain move in. >>> it is 6:09. welcome back. a live look right now outside union station. seeing that wind having its way with that flag right now. we do have some dry conditions in our immediate area, but changes are on the way. veronica will have the snow forecast in a few minutes. >>> this morning, police in virginia are investigating how a man died after his body was found in a van on the side of the road. an officer discovered the vehicle at the intersection chambridge road. homicide investigators were called in because of what they call suspicious circumstances. >>> one person is dead and two others seriously hurt after a fire ripped through a townhouse in prince george's county. flames ripped through the entire home, burning right through the roof. police have not released the name of the victim. two people were
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Dec 29, 2012 6:30pm EST
follows of course the school shootings in newtown, connecticut and the nra's call to station armed officers at public schools. >>> and the first step toward a potential lawsuit in connecticut after the shootings at sandy hook elementary. paperwork has been filed for a $100 million claim on behalf of one of the children who lived through the tragedy. a lawyer for the 6-year-old survivor claims she sustained emotional and physical trauma as a result of hearing the assault over the school intercom. it faults the board of education among others for failing to protect the children from, quote, foreseeable harm. >>> in orlando last night a show of solidarity with the newtown victims at the russell athletic bowl. in their game with rutgers virginia tech's players wore a large ribbon on their helmets that read, "58 prevail." it was a reference to the total number of victims from both the newtown, connecticut shootings and the virginia tech shootings. >>> an update tonight on former president george h.w. bush who has been hospitalized in houston since the day after thanksgiving. a statement
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Dec 24, 2012 4:00am EST
details. >> reporter: in his first interview after the connecticut shooting tragedy, nra chief wayne lapierre was defiant. >> look, a gun is a tool. the problem is the criminal. >> reporter: the powerful gun lobby and its allies insist gun laws aren't the answer. they want more guns in the hands of good guys. >> if it's crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy. >> people resisted having weapons on airplanes. but i oversaw the federal air marshals, and it's a deterrent. >> reporter: legislation will have to waited for the new congress to get settled in, but the debate is already underway. >> trying to prevent school shootings? schools without talking about guns is like stopping lung cancer without addressing cigarettes. >> this problem runs deep and wide. >> reporter: outside of atlanta, gun owners are voting with their wallets, buying up weapons while they still can. >> i don't think it's ever a wrong time to protect yourself and -- and exercise your second amendment rights. >> reporter: but some 30 miles awa
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Dec 18, 2012 4:30am EST
will resume today for hundreds of children in newtown, connecticut. all schools will reopen except sandy hook elementary. police are holding it as a crime scene possibly for months. the shooting spree that left 26 people dead, 20 of them children. the apparent gunman, adam lanza practiced firing at shooting ranges. they don't have clues of why he snapped and or why he targeted the school. they lay to rest more victims. at least two more funerals will be held today. 6-year-olds noah pozner and jack pinto's funerals were yesterday. noahs sister escaped safely. jack's family said the little boy loved sports. this card was given to loved ones at his funeral. even people who never heard of newtown are coming to offer their support to a community coping with an unthinkable tragedy. >> just felt like we needed to do something to help out somehow and just being here i feel like it's helping us to help other people. >> the overwhelming support from the community and seeing the town come together like this is amazing. >> flower shops in newtown are taking orders from around the world as comp
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Dec 28, 2012 4:30am EST
genetic causes of mental illness. lanza is accused of killing 27 people in newtown, connecticut earlier this month before turning his gun on himself. police have not revealed a motive. >> today, people in webster, new york, begin saying farewell. they're saying final goodbyes to the two firefighters killed in an ambush on christmas eve. wakes are scheduled for today and tomorrow for mike chiapperini and thomas -- two others were wounded. funerals are set for sunday. >>> we could be on the brink of a labor dispute that could cost the economy billions of dollars. thousands of dock workers nationwide are threatening to go on strike on sunday if they fail to reach a deal with shipping companies. contract talks broke down earlier this month. the 15 ports involved in the dispute move more than 100 million tons of goods each year. the economy could lose billions of dollars if they're shut down for even a few days. >>> how about good news on a friday, right? for dog owners in montgomery county, you no longer need to pay a fee to use the dog parks soon. it will stop collecting a $40 a ye
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Dec 18, 2012 6:00am EST
. the beltway, you're facing a four-mile backup in montgomery county because of a crash at connecticut avenue. you can see the right lane is getting by single file. the accident takes up the whole left side of the roadway. we talked about a four-mile backup. i want to show you georgia avenue. very slow crawl as you make your way past the accident. you're first hitting the brakes at coalville road. the hov lanes at backlick road, still seeing that crash. earlier it was blocking your right lane. it looks like travel lanes are open. you're just a bit slow. over to the rails. metro is just now reporting, just getting this in. a kdelay on the yellow line. because of a signal problem. marc and vre on or close to schedule. aaron and eun, over to you. >> thank you. >>> breaking news in maryland. a standoff with an armed man in adelphi has a community of residents evacuated. melissa mollet is on the scene and live with the latest. melissa? >> reporter: that's right. we have brand new information just a couple of moments ago. an ambulance left the avery park apartment complex here in adelphi. we
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Dec 17, 2012 6:00pm EST
. >> the answers are for the victims, the families, the people of connecticut, that need to know and see a clear picture to exactly what happens here. >> reporter: police say sandy hook elementary will remain a locked-down crime scene for months. today crews pulled furnace from the unaffected chatrooms moving it to a school in a neighboring town, though it's still not clear when it might be used. >> they'll be excused, of course, from further notify. they're developing plans on how to best handle that. >> reporter: investigators are still gathering what they called significant evidence. they will not discuss specifically what's been seized, but there are reports the gunman's home computer may not reveal much. it was apparently smashed and torn apart before the killing spree. >> very painstaking process in forensic science. it's going to take some time to do that. >> reporter: and it will take some time to interview the more than 100 witnesses, including at some point the children who survived the attack. >> very, very tender, tender issue. i can tell you any interviews done will be done
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Dec 17, 2012 5:00pm EST
connecticut still weighted heavily. >> we sat in front of the tv sobbing. >> governor mcdonald tells news4 it's simply too soon to determine whether nits legislative change is called for, but he did order all virginia school districts to review their safety policies now to determine whether there are any weaknesses or whether they need any resources. i'm going to do everything i can. >> reporter: some lawmakers are ready to look ahead to possible legislation. democrats urged oy about some virginia tech survivors have pushed bills. it allowed private gun sales to take place without background check says. senator howl says she plans to try against. >> when would be the right time, if it isn't now? i think while people are focused on it, we have to do everything we did. >> reporter: other lawmakers suggest momentum should shift the other way. to allow professors to bring guns on to virginia college campuses. now he'll explore whether allowing specially trained principals to bring guns to public schools might make sense. >> i think that the local government should consider having extra t
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Dec 18, 2012 2:05am EST
in newtown, connecticut. we're just -- hoda and i are going to just send our love to everybody here today and try to make a little bit of sense out of the senseless along the way. >> i think, you know, we've been hearing the news all weekend, and it's been so difficult to even be a bystander and listen, and i think the hard thing for all of us -- and i know even me at home -- when hurricane sandy hit, you could do something. you could send clothes, money. you could physically help them clean up. in this ca you want to do something, but you're peeking into this really tragic, sad world, and the only thing i think a lot of people and parents can do is hug their kids and pray for those families, and i think there's a weird sort of -- don't you feel like a helpless feeling? you want to do something, and there's nothing worse than standing watching someone who is in pain and not being able to lean in and help. >> anybody that was complaining about anything before this happened, it puts everything into perspective, doesn't it? and the fact that there were not only 20 precious little lives
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Dec 31, 2012 4:00am EST
, connecticut. "early today" starts right now. >>> and a very good morning to you on this new year's eve. it's nice to see you this morning. i'm veronica de la cruz. we begin with secretary of state hillary clinton in the hospital. clinton was admitted to new york presbyterian hospital after the discovery of a blood clot stemming from the concussion she sustained earlier this month. the clot was discovered during a followup exam sunday. she's being treated with blood thinners, and doctors will monitor the medication over the next two days. the 65-year-old clinton fell and suffered a concussion when she fainted while home alone in mid-december as she recovered from a stomach virus that left her severely dehydrated. clinton had been planning to return to work this week. >>> it is crunch time on capitol hill. senate and house negotiators have just a few crucial hours left to come up with a compromise to avert the looming financial mess. if they don't, here's what's going to happen -- everyone's tax rates will go up. $1.2 trillion in federal spending cuts kick in. the federal tax holiday wil
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Dec 18, 2012 6:00pm EST
students went back to the classroom in newtown, connecticut. while more families laid more victims to rest. in the words of one high school senior, there's going to be no joy in school today. meanwhile, one elementary school in town did not open after the school received some sort of threat. the district was not taking any chances. also, as the morning continues the focus now turns to gun control. today the white house says president barack obama is actively supportive of efforts on capitol hill to reinstate an assault weapons ban. nbc's jay gray joins from us connecticut with more on the young lives buried way too soon. >> reporter: yeah, good to talk to you. as you talk about another rough day. first graders from sandy hook elementary all gathered again to lay to rest two more of their classmates while students from other schools here went back to class for the first time since the tragedy. the pain offing good-bye has become a part of every day now in newtown. this grieving community buried two more first graders today. jessica rekos loved horses and asked santa for cow girl boots
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Dec 23, 2012 10:00am EST
backbone. we have to say that the heroic teachers in newtown, connecticut, and first responders, won every american's highest regard but this show's about politics. in our political awards, our nominees are chief justice john roberts who we talked about earlier stiffed the other conservative justices, including scalia, and upheld obama care. next, those republicans in congress who broke publicly with grover norquist to support the idea of higher tax rates on the healthy, or, bobby and wallace edwards, parents of john edwards, who trooped behind him every day to that north carolina courthouse to stand with their son. or, was it this -- >> one nation, under god, indivisible, liberty and justice for all! [cheers and applause] chris: gabby giffords who survived an assassination attempt. sam? >> gabby giffords, when she did that, my heart sank. this brave woman coming back from -- she should have been dead. how did she survive? chris: she decided not to run for re-election and she knew she wasn't up for it. >> she made the right decision. chris: what about backbone? >> a republican hasn't
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Dec 17, 2012 11:00am EST
connecticut who are prosing to leave no stone unturned. >>> and today the first two of the 20 small victims of the elementary school shooting will be buried. what we know about when and where classes will resume. >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "news4 midday." i'm barbara harrison. >> i'm keith russell. it is monday, december 17th, 2012. >>> police are asking for privacy for the families of two young victims. from sandy hook elementary school who will be laid to rest today. police held a briefing a little over an hour ago promising to learn everything they could about the gunman and the guns used in the quiet town of newtown that left 20 children and six adults dead. >> reporter: four days after this shooting the school and shooter's home remain a crime scene. police say they have recovered a significant amount of everybody from both locations that could help them piece together a motive. police are also now confirming that there was actually a second victim who survived that shooting and is recovering. l police saying if not for the first responders, this shooting could have been so
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Dec 28, 2012 7:00pm EST
. during the day, moving into philadelphia, new york city and then into connecticut and boston by the evening. some of this blue in here, as the storm intensifies, that blue indicates some of the heavier snow. when it's all said and done, we're going to see several inches of snow in some spots. but it's going to be a fast-mover. by tomorrow night, this storm really wrapping up. here's a look at some of the totals. now, the big cities anywhere from about 1 to 4 inches of snow. that includes the airports there and with that, we'll see visibilities go down. and that will lead to travel delays at the major airports, cold air is going to be here, natalie, and that's going to linger around throughout much of the week. >> chris warren at the weather channel. thanks so much, chris. >>> the holiday season is bringing heartbreak to some prospective parents here in the u.s. in the process of adopting children from russia. president vladimir putin has signed a new law banning those adoptions, leaving shocked adults and children wondering what will happen next. here is nbc's kerry sanders. >>
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Dec 31, 2012 5:00am EST
. >>> the bod i have the man who opened fire inside a connecticut elementary school has been claimed for burial. someone who wished to remain anonymous claimed the remains of 20-year-old adam lanza. lanza shot and killed his mother and then killed 20 first graders and six adults and then killed himself. a private funeral has been held for lanza's mother. >>> since the deadly shootings in connecticut earlier this month, the debate on gun control escalated from a simmer to a boil. hours after the shooting, president obama pledged to do something about gun laws to prevent a similar incident from happening. yesterday in an exclusive sit-down on nbc's meet the press, the president continued to keep that promise. >> with public opinion, there's nothing you can't do. and without public opinion, there's very little you can get done in this town. so i'm going to be putting forward a package. i'm going to be putting my full weight behind it. i'm going to be making an argument to the american people about why this is important and why we have to do everything we can to make sure that something
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Dec 23, 2012 6:30pm EST
response on friday to renewed calls for stronger gun laws in the wake of the connecticut school shooting, the head of the nra finally took questions today. wayne lapierre sat down with nbc's david gregory this morning to explain why he opposes an assault weapons ban and why he wants to address gun violence in schools with more guns. it is an emotional debate touching still-tender nerves over the deaths at sandy hook elementary among those who hold dear their constitutional right to own guns. we have two reports tonight beginning with white house correspondent peter alexander in our washington newsroom tonight. peter, good evening. >> reporter: lester, good evening to you. the head of the nra, wayne lapierre, said guns are not the problem. instead, he took aim what the he called the media machine in this country, a cracked system for dealing with mentally ill, and the federal government, whose enforcement of existing restrictions on guns he called pitiful. facing a barrage of tough questions for the first time since its deadly massacre in newtown, on meet the appreciation the nra
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Dec 17, 2012 7:00am EST
vigil for the victims of the elementary school shooting in connecticut and tells the tear-filled audience he will do everything in his power to prevent another mass shooting. >> these tragedies must end. and to end them, we must change. owe. >> a community saying good by to some of its youngest victims today, monday, december 17th, 2012. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today," tragedy at sandy hook elementary, with matt lauer, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza, and savi ysa guthrie, live from newtown, connecticut. >> good morning. welcome to this special edition of "today" on a monday morning. i'm matt lauer. savannah guthrie is in newtown, connecticut. the president's remarks at that vigil last night were moving, powerful. they were spoken, of course, not only as the nation's leader but also, savannah, from a heartbroken parent's point of vi view. >> no question about that. there were loud, audible sobs as the president read through the names of those who had fallen. the president wrote these remarks himself and i can tell you it contained a mor
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Dec 30, 2012 9:00am EST
help, it was still cold. >> snowfall made for perfect sledding conditions in connecticut. that was the second winter storm of the week, and forecasters say parts of new england could see as much as 8 inches by the weekend. >>> and that storm is long gone across boston. there's a full blown blizzard going on up there. i am asking people to come up with a worthy excuse of why i should not the be sent outside during the next weather segment. >> you don't want to mess up ore hair. >> you are our guest, and we should accommodate. >> yes, chuck is normally here and i am your guest. >> we want to see your wind blowing in the wind. give us your best baywatch. >> oh, dear. you don't have to worry about rain or snow. let's take a look at numbers and some conditions as you think about your sunday. we are getting limited sunshine. i don't see temperatures getting much warmer than where we are at. the winds are out of the north west, and we had a wind gust of 33 miles per hour at national. here are more temperatures. we are only at the freezing mark at i-81 over here, and hagersto hagerstown, and m
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Dec 6, 2012 11:00am EST
to clearing soon. let's talk delays. as you make your way past connecticut avenue, you hit the breaks. closer to i-270, you slow down. none of the eight mile back up stuff. when i come back, we talk about i-66. barbara, over to you. >> thanks. >>> new today, metro is presenting reports of the transit system detailing changing the system on the silver line. the primary reason to extend how far silver line cars will run. the main concern, the area where trains could turn around at the station is too small they say and can't be upgraded to meet safety standards. silver line cars will run all the way out to largo town center. metro says the change will cost $4.6 million in the first year and it will reduce the number of orange and blue line trains eliminating rush plus service on that line. >>> today is a huge day for same-sex couples in maryland. today getting a license has become reality. tony tull saw happy folks take a huge step toward saying i do. >> reporter: yeah, keith. you know, truly a historic day for maryland. we actually got a chance to catch up with the first same-sex
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Dec 31, 2012 6:00am EST
who opened fire inside a connecticut elementary school was claimed for burial. someone who wishes to remain anonymous claimed the remans of adam lanza. he killed his mother before going to the elementary school killing 20 first gradersnd six adults. a private funeral was already held for his mother. >>> president obama promised action on gun control. the president pledged change in 2013. >> i'm going to put forward a package and put my full weight behind it. i'm going to be making an argument to the american people about were this is important and why we have to do efg we can to make sure that something like this never happens again. this is something that -- that was the worst day of my presidency. it's not something that i want to see repeated. >> the president says he supports increased background checks and bans on assault weapons and high capacity bullet magazines. >>> a solemn weekend for the town of webster, new york. thousands turned out to say goodbye to two firefighters killed in a christmas eve ambush. michael chiapperini and tomasz coe zow ka were killed when a  man ope
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Dec 24, 2012 6:00am EST
, mike. the town of newtown, connecticut, will begin removing thousands of flowers arrangements, teddiers abouy be other tributes to the victims of the shootings. they'll pick up memorial items the day after christmas. they will be processed into soil. that soil will be used as a foundation to a permanent memorial to the victims. >>> 6:43 right now. one community in north carolina is starting a new tradition in honor of the victims from the sandy hook shooting. people living in holly spring held a lighting last night. several people placed 26 cand candlelit bags out of their homes to honor 26 victims. the organizers plans to do it every year around christmas. >>> the nra leader calls the weapon ban phony legislation. he told "meet the press" moderator david gregory yesterday that an armed guard inside that school might have saved lives. >> if it's crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our school to protect our children, then call me crazy. i tell you what the american people, i think the american people think it's crazy not to do it. it's the one thing that woul
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Dec 30, 2012 6:00am EST
the end of the weekend. some are disappointed we didn't get more like they did in connecticut. >> yeah, you have to go out towards winchester, martinsburg. around here, it came, fell, it melted. we are talking windchill as you get ready to make your sunday plans. it's great to see you get yourself a warm cup of cocoa or coffee, and join me. our temperatures have not been that bad overnight, but the winds will be stirring around. we have had gusts as high as 30 miles per hour during the overnight. and it's 30 degrees at reagan national and the winds are steady. out of the west northwest it's 17 miles per hour and the latest wind gust is 26 miles per hour. more numbers show lots of 30s north and west, whether you are up in martinsburg or infla plat yo. look what it does to the windchill out there, 18 degrees to the west, and it feels like the 20s around here. so the high will be in the 30s, and it's going to feel like the 20s most of the afternoon. let's see if we can get some sunshine. we can. highs will be around 38, 39 degrees, again, and dress for the 20s because the winds will keep
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Dec 7, 2012 4:30am EST
relief for his state as well as new york and connecticut. >>> right now in montgomery county police need your help finding a missing man who possibly spent the night in the cold. he's 34-year-old eric olson, and he's from the derwood area. his family says he takes medication but didn't have it with him. olson was outside his home on deer lake road. he had on a blue winter coat and dark blue sweat pants. if you've seen this man, you're asked to contact montgomery county police. >>> a crime alert. police believe two women are responsible for a string of burglaries in the ivory tower dorm. if each case, women left their doors open. the women came in and walked away with lap tops. police warn students to lock their dorm room doors when they leave and consider keeping it locked when they're in the room as well. >>> gaithersburg is worried that wild animals will strike again. wild dogs or possibly coyotes killed sheep on their farm. if wild animals attack sheep, a person could also be in danger. >> we have so many kids in the surrounding area, and they all play outside. these dogs or whatever
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Dec 23, 2012 6:00pm EST
, connecticut. there was a small protest outside a northern virginia gun store this afternoon. darcy spencer is live in falls church tonight with reaction from both sides, darcy. >> reporter: jim, yeah, the rally was held right across the street from here. in this building is that gun shop among other businesses. the gun shop owner says that there has never been a protest here outside of his business before, but he really didn't have a problem with it because they were exercising their first amendment rights. >> reporter: it was a quiet anti-gun protest of about a dozen people outside the nova firearms gun shop on best broad street in falls church. >> to kill innocent people is immoral, and for the rest of us to allow it to go on is complicit. >> reporter: led by reverend jim birch, protesters are joining the call for a ban on assault style weapons and aim nition and more funding for mental health problems. >> it's document founding to think the answer to violence is to put the weapons of mo more violence in the hands of people. >> reporter: the owner of the gun shop dennis pratt did
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Dec 18, 2012 11:00pm EST
laid to rest. jay gray has the the latest from newtown, connecticut. >> reporter: it had been only four days. >> wait a day, a month, whatever, you know -- there is no -- there is no rule book. >> reporter: no real way for others to understand. the raw emotions of students and parents as schools reopen today in newtown. >> there is no word. just tears. >> reporter: so tough for many parents to let go. but time they say for the kids to get back. >> they need be there as soon as possible. be with their friend, with the teachers. the kids are what the teachers need right now. >> reporter: sandy hook elementary school is closed. furniture and equipment from the school moved to a facility in monroe. it is not clear when students might get there, when they do, officials say the classrooms will look just like they did before the attacks, still, everyone here knows, they will never really be the same. 20 friend, teammates. brothers and sisters will be missing. two more first graders were buried today. he liked math and loved to sing as loud as he could. jessica, spent time drawing hor horses. t
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Dec 23, 2012 11:30pm EST
, connecticut will begin removing tributes of the victims of the mass school shooting. they will pick up the items the day after christmas and the trinket also be ground up and processed into soil and that soil will be used as the foundation to a permanent memorial to the victims. >>> a survivor wounded in a mall shooting earlier this month in portland, oregon is speaking about the moment the gunman opened fire. 15-year-old christina was shot december 11. she was cutting through the mall and says the gunman walked right past her. seconds later she says bullets started flying. she had bullet fragments in her lungs and liver but doctors were able to save her. >> i know that god has his eyes on us. he has angels on everybody's shoulders, and he's especially watching out for my family. >> she also survived a car accident earlier this year. >>> this will be a difficult christmas for many victims of hurricane sandy, still suffering after two months after the storm. but a relief project organized by a community that's been there before is easing some of the pain. michelle fransend has m
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Dec 28, 2012 11:00pm EST
out. it is marred by controversy following the shooting at sandy hook elementary school in connecticut. darcy spencer has our report. >> reporter: it's the second oldest gun show in the commonwealth of virginia and talk of enacting tighter gun control laws is drawing in buyers. >> a lot of people buying the assault-type rifles because they're afraid they're going to be banned. >> reporter: dealer bob starr says he sold every rifle but this one within an hour and 40 minutes on the opening day of the three-day show. why are so many people buying? >> one thing. fear. fear. >> this is the logic of the leaders of the nra to add more guns around our schools. >> reporter: there was an anti-gun protest outside the show, still hundreds of people lined up to get in even before the doors opened. this is the line just to buy ammunition. some folks tell me the prices for ammo have gone up in recent weeks. so they're stocking up. vendors say the crowds are driven by calls for a ban on assault weapons and ammunition following the shooting of children and adults in newtown. gary sattern bought a rifle
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Dec 22, 2012 6:30pm EST
connecticut or a soldier who's lost their life, let them know, let the family members know you're thinking about them. >> reporter: for many, for these families, the pain endures. only eased a little at a time, a year at a time, a day at a time. the lesson? hold tight. keep holding tight. mike taibbi, nbc news, fort stewart, georgia. >> our thanks to these american heroes and our thoughts with their families tonight. that is "nbc nightly news" for this saturday. i'm lester holt reporting from new york. i'll see you tomorrow morning on "today" and right back here tomorrow evening. we leave you with the crowds outside our door step here at rockefeller plaza. good night, everyone.
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Dec 28, 2012 5:00pm EST
on christmas eve on the maryland side of connecticut avenue in silver spring. transportation reporter adam tuss is live look the beltway in virginia with what we have learned about the victims. adam? >> jim, the stories are heartbreaking, as you mentioned, a number of deadly crashes. new details about the people involved in this accidents. twists, turns, plenty of traffic, and unpredictable driver. the beltway can be a rough place to drive. >> it is crazy, really crazy. >> reporter: just this past week, six fatalities on the road, christmas eve night near connecticut avenue. one of those killed, 30-year-old jasmine fujimison of silver spring. today a single rose sits on her wished, a memorial at her doorstep. >> that night the weather conditions was, you know, terrible because it was snowing or whatever, but it's just sad. >> reporter: then just last night three peoples from out of town killed when their truck slapped into the back of a stopped tractor/trailer, the driver 87-year-old peter stezny, local police see their fair share of accidents on the road. they say it's impor
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Dec 30, 2012 8:00am EST
ahead. >> it has been just two weeks since the tragedy of sandy hook elementary in connecticut. a teenager in california wrote a poem to express her feelings saying she understood how it could happen and it got her suspended from school. we'll get her reaction coming up >>> we'll also hear from the 29-year-old surfer that used his fists and his board to save his life when a shark kept coming at him again and again. >> scary story. >>> later on, we'll switch gears and look back at the year in pop culture, from the rise of honey boo boo to the unlikely bop lairity of that catchy tune, gang ham style. >> slightly popular, wasn't it? >>> we begin with the race in washington to fist fiscal cliff deadline including a preview of david gr david gregory's exclusive interview. we begin with kristen welker. >> the house is back in session and they could announce a deal as early as this afternoon. many saying this entire episode represents a lack of leadership on both sides of pennsylvania. with less than 48 hours until the tax hikes and spending cuts take effect, florida small business owner
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Dec 23, 2012 8:00am EST
out at the polls >>> newtown, connecticut, while still in mourning over the deadly school shooting is being flooded with gifts from across the country, from people expressing their grief. social workers say while they are so grateful for the donations, including about 60,000 teddy bears, it is much more than the town can handle. they are suggesting that people do charitable work or make a donation in the victim's name. >> more than $2.6 million have been attributed to the town's official memorial fund >>> file this under random acts of kindness. a group of about 100 people at denver international airport wanted to say thanks to our troops who protect our country. they went to the airport and passed out stockings, full of candy, gifts, held up signs, anything they could. the group comes together every december 22nd to say a much deserved thanks to our troop. >>> nothing says holiday party quite like an ice sculpture and watching lester dance but mainly the ice. in northern china, it was all ice as their annual ice festival. with temperatures at 18 below, sculptors are building an entir
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Dec 28, 2012 5:00am EST
the university of connecticut will study the dna of 20-year-old adam lanza. some say the findings could help pinpoint mutations that are associated with aggressive and violent behavior. it could draw false conclusions on the genetic causes of mental illness. he's accused of killing 27 people earlier this month before turning the gun on him search and police have not revealed a motive yet. >>> coming up on 19 after the hour, this morning police in new york city are searching for the woman who pushed a man in front of a train and killed him. the woman was mumbling to herself and pacing on the platform before she shoved that man on to the tracks witnesses say. so far, it does not appear the victim and suspect knew each other. police have not released a motive here. this is the second time this month someone has been shoved on to the tracks and killed in new york city. >>> today people in the town of webster, new york, will begin their final farewells. wake services begin today for the two firefighters who were killed in an ambush on christmas eve. monday morning, mike ship rinne i an
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Dec 28, 2012 6:00pm EST
newtown connecticut a couple weeks ago. gun rights activists are worried that tighter restrictions could be passed in the new year. >>> there was a solemn vigil today outside a gun shot, which called for a crackdown on gun sales. demonstrators rang bells and pray prayed it's one of the most profitable gun dealers in the nation. they called for the end to assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. >> we come at this hour to condemn the use of guns in every act of violence throughout this nation and indeed this world. >> the owner of realco guns did not respond for requests for comments. a few miles away, people at target practice told us they feel for the newtown victims, but they believe in responsible gun ownership. >>> u.s. customs officials have had a busy week keeps drugs from coming into the country. last friday agency's 214 pounds of a leafy stimulant, part of a shipment supposed to be made up of wood coffee tables. on christmas eve agents found more than 11 pounds of heroin sewn into the lining of a suitcase carried by a 60-year-old woman. she was coming from ghana, and ag
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Dec 31, 2012 4:30am EST
beltway, no incidents reported as you travel on the inner or outer roops. live look now at connecticut avenue on the inner loop. 10-minute drive time. veronica and richard. >>> 4:42. still to come, action after the tragedy at sandy hook. president obama's message on gun control heading into the new career. >>> the [ singing christmas carols in background ] aunt sally's singing again. it's a tradition, honey. [ singing christmas carols ] mmmm. [ female announcer ] make new traditions with pillsbury grands! cinnamon rolls. [ female announcer ] go from zero to pizza in just 60 seconds with totino's pizza rolls and grab a bite of snack-defying, satisfying... because pizza...never...misses. it's on. let's roll. >>> the 3wbody of the man who fired inside a -- the hartfo"ha couran courant". before going to nearby sandy hook elementary school, killing 20 first graders and six adults and then he killed himself. a private funeral was held for lanza's mother. >>> since the connecticut shootings, a debate on gun control escalated from a simmer to a boil. just after the shootings, president obama p
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Dec 23, 2012 10:30am EST
shooting at sandy hook elementary in newtown, connecticut and the debate over gun control has been revived. here with us exclusively this morning, the man at the ten ter of that debate, the ceo and executive vice president of the nra, wayne lapierre. i want to get right to it. >> the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. >> you proposed armed guards in school. we'll talk about that in some detail in a moment. you confronted the news media, you blamed hollywood and the gaming industry but never once did you concede that guns could actually be part of the problem. is that meaningful contribution, mr. lapierre, or a dodge? >> david, i said what i honestly thought and what hundreds of millions of people all over this country will believe will actually make a difference. i can't imagine a more horrible tragedy. we all have 5-year-olds in our family in some way. we all put ourselves in that situation and have tears in our eyes. the nra, we have 11,000 police training instructors, 80,000 police families, we're 4 million members and we set down and we said wh
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Dec 6, 2012 6:00am EST
prior to that. you're jammed just path connecticut avenue. if you have to take the beltway, give yourself extra time or you may want to avoid it. may be a good day to take the icc, if you're headed towards i-270, or cut through the local roads because this is going to be a mess this morning. i want to show you 395 because that earlier crash, it is in your shoulder lane. about a three-mile backup. 395 northbound. from the beltway, you are sluggish all the way from duke street. it will take you about 18 minutes or so to get to the 14th street bridge. back over to you. >>> a new report will be presented to metro's board that cites safety as the primary reason to extend how far new silver line trains will run. the report says the area where trains could turn around at the stadium armory station was too small and couldn't be upgraded to meet ntsb safety standards. silver line cars will now run all the way out to largo town center. the change will cost about $4.6 million in the first year and will reduce the number of orange and blue line trains eliminating new rush plus service on the
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Dec 31, 2012 2:05am EST
home. coldwell banker, where home begins. >> welcome back to "open house." next, we are in connecticut, and there is a billiards room. >> welcome to our beautiful home, which we bought in 2006. we put a lot of hard work and love into it. we would like to come in and take a look at it. so let's go. welcome to the kitchen. this is my absolute favorite room. it is the heart of the home. this is where the family spends many hours, and enjoy cooking together, watching television together, and really enjoying a great space. here we are outside. when you want some private time and want to connect with nature, this is the best place to be. you can enjoy a margarita. when you are done, and it is time to go swimming in our beautiful infinity pool. the other side of the next two and walking trails. it is -- on the other side of this is a walking trail. it goes all of the way around. when you are ready to relax, this is the place to be, the master bedroom. with its sitting room when you first come in, you can in joint regioncan enjoy the light. thenen, it is time to retire. a double, king size bed
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